"A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry"
many ancient and contemporary sources contributed to the formation
of Chivalry-Now, we consider it an authentic code of chivalry
evolved from medieval traditions. The following moral advice from
Geoffroi de Charney, a famous 14th century French knight,
bears witness to the similarity.)
tender and humble among friends."
mercy and assistance toward those who need assistance."
generous in giving where the gift will be best used."
and serve your friends."
your enterprises cautiously
carry them out boldly."
one should fall into despair from cowardice nor be too confident."
vile cowardice more than death."
care not to be so greedy as to take what belongs to others without
not be envious of others."
from saying unpleasant things."
sure what you say is of some profit rather than merely cautious."
not praise your own conduct nor criticize too much that of others."
not desire to take away another's honor, but safeguard your own."
not despise poor men or those lesser in rank than you, for there
are many poor men who are of greater worth than the rich."
care not to talk too much."
careful not to be too guileless, for the man who knows nothing,
neither of good nor of evil, is blind and unseeing in his heart,
nor can he give himself or others good counsel."
from remonstrating with fools
Remonstrate with the wise."
regret any generosity you may show. A man of worth should not
remember what he has given except when the recipient brings the
gift back to mind for the good return he makes for it."
acquiring a bad reputation for miserliness in your old age."
from enriching yourself at others' expense, especially from the
limited resources of the poor, for unsullied poverty is worth
more than corrupt wealth."
long as you keep your secret to yourself, it is always within
expect victory, not defeat."
sure that you care less for death than about shame. Those who
put their lives in danger with the deliberate intention of avoiding
shame are strong in all things."
all adversity be always steadfast and wise."
there is arrogance, there reigns anger and all kinds of folly;
and where humility is to be found, there reigns good sense and
you do not know, you should ask with due humility to be taught
(The above quotes
were taken from Geoffroi de Charney's book, A Knight's
Own Book of Chivalry, translated by Elspeth Kennedy, and
published by University of Pennsylvania Press.)